May 6, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
On Wednesday, the NCAA released the Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Report for the 2007-08 academic year and the University of Wyoming men's basketball team received its highest annual score in the history of the APR. By achieving an annual score of 935 during the 2007-08 academic year, the Cowboys improved their multiyear score to 884.
Due to the Cowboys' academic improvement and a favorable comparison based on other academic and institutional factors, the Cowboys will be allotted 13 scholarships for the 2009-10 season. That is the maximum number of scholarships allowed by the NCAA for men's basketball programs.
The 2007-08 season marked the first under head coach Heath Schroyer. In his first full season at the helm of the Cowboy basketball program, the team's annual APR score improved 164 points from an historic low of 771 during 2006-07 to a 935 for 2007-08.
"Correcting the APR issue was a major area of emphasis when we hired Heath (Schroyer), and we are extremely pleased about the improvement that has been made," Wyoming Director of Athletics Tom Burman said. "The strides that this program has made on the floor were made evident in the team's play this past season. Now it is great to see evidence of the progress that is being made off of the floor."
"I am extremely happy with what we have been able to do in addressing our APR," Schroyer said. "We have made improvements on the floor, as well as in the classroom. This is exciting progress as we look to the future of our program.
"When I was hired, addressing the APR issue was a major priority. I am pleased with the progress we have made, while also setting a standard of how things need to be done in the future."
Each academic year every Division I team calculates its APR. A team's APR is based on eligibility, retention and graduation of each student-athlete on scholarship. The multiyear APR scores date back four academic years to the 2004-05 season.